Over 500 mask-less revellers turned up for the annual White Trash Bash despite local authorities warning the event had the potential to expose attendees to coronavirus.
The party, held on the Illinois River in East Peoria, US, was an all-day booze up revolving around socialising in large groups.
An estimated 500 partygoers shows up to the event, and none were seen wearing face masks of observing social distancing measures.
Police had warned revellers the number of coronavirus cases had been increasing the area, and urged people to use their common sense.
Organisers of the annual booze up said they were not coronavirus experts but admitted those concerned about the virus should stay at home and not attend.
The Fon du Lac Park District Police Department wrote on Facebook: “Covid-19 numbers are increasing in our area.”
And added: “This event has the potential to expose everyone to the virus
“Please use common sense and social distancing.”
Director of Fon Du Lac Park District Mike Johnson told WMBD: “We try to have people voluntarily social distance, but at the end of the day, the goal is to get through this event and get everyone home safe.
“This isn’t a sanctioned event. We started having law enforcement present about five years ago because we will get a lot of fights on the beach.
“It’s the perfect element for a problem, you’ve got beautiful weather, a lot of alcohol and anywhere from 600-1,000 people.”
As of today, Illinois has had 184,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and 7,718 deaths.